NEWS DIGEST 28.03.2020: Breaking news via Facebook

 

The United States president, Donald Trump, signed two new laws this past Tuesday to boost the availability of 5G services and broadband provision in the country, reported c-net magazine. The Secure 5G and Beyond and the Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability Acts were signed into law in the White House to bring faster, more secure networks to parts of the country that need it most. – Trump signs laws to boost 5G security, broadband availability (cnet)

The UK Parliament has announced the publication of their emergency coronavirus legislation via their official portal, parliament.uk. The Coronavirus Bill (HC Bill 122), which is currently making its way through ministerial votes, allows for provisions for the emergency registration of staff for the National Health Service (NHS) as well as other rules regarding the national food supply, schooling, statutory sick pay and the challenges facing public health as the pandemic grips Britain – Coronavirus Bill (HC Bill 122) (parliament.uk)

RTL of Luxembourg reported that the lead singer of German rock band Rammstein, Till Lindemann, is in critical condition with COVID-19/coronavirus after a concert in Moscow earlier this month. He was admitted to hospital suffering from severe pneumonia, however confusingly, a second medical test suggests he may not have the virus after all –  Till Lindemann reportedly in critical condition, second corona test was negative (RTL Today)

British newspaper The Independent expressed fears that the country’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was diagnosed as infected with coronavirus yesterday, will escape scrutiny for his handling of the outbreak in his country after the UK parliament was effectively shuttered for a month. The PM has gone into self-isolation, but appears to be in good spirits – Coronavirus: Fears that Boris Johnson will escape scrutiny as parliament is shut down for four weeks (Independent)

Newham Council, which governs the eastern London borough of Newham, announced via its Facebook page and its official website that a total of 148 residents of the borough have now acquired COVID-19, doubling since this past Wednesday. The mayor, Rokhsana Fiaz, urged the community to follow official advice to stay at home in order to mitigate viral spread in Newham – Update about Coronavirus (Covid-19): 148 people confirmed with Coronavirus in Newham that’s why #StayAtHome this weekend is vital – From Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz 27 March 2020 (Newham London)

News magazine MyLondon has published an article showing where all new emergency supermarket jobs can be found in London as well their going rates of pay. Britain’s supermarkets are desperately trying to take on more staff as they experience a rush on basic commodities and depleted stock levels during the coronavirus crisis – London coronavirus: All the emergency jobs at Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Lidl and how much they pay (MyLondon)

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